The Best Way to Learn
Hi, this is Nick Webb and welcome to another episode of the disruption podcast. I’m really excited about today’s podcast, I don’t have a guest, but I wanted to share with you five principles that are really shaping the future of education. And these are important whether or not you are an educator or somebody who’s looking to take your career, or your organization to another level.
Things have changed in education in a very, very big way. It surprisingly, universities and other online programs really haven’t seemed to sort of get it. And in this short podcast, I want to share with you what the best organizations are doing to help students learn skills that are targeted, that are relevant, and that really, ultimately provide mastery in a particular area.
Now learn logic is a company I founded with the Express idea of taking the science of what I call the nano Pac technology, and apply it so that students can learn really, really complicated things really, really fast. In a way that doesn’t seem too painful. Also, it allows them to be able to really understand the hacks and tricks and the tips and the things that the superstars are doing in order to lead a particular area.
You know, it’s interesting that as much as two thirds of the information that’s delivered in most educational programs is a complete and total waste of time. And I can tell you as a best selling author, if I were to write a pamphlet that was 30 pages of a summary of one of my books. I mean, I could never sell it for 2995. Right, my publisher could never get top dollar for it if it was just 30 pages.
So what authors do, and what do publishers do, they have a minimum page count. Because we write, by the pound, we write, by the pound, we have a value perception, perception of quantity. And that’s what creates a lot of problems. When you take a look at an average lecture, if you really listen to the lecture, they could have told you what they just talked about in about 10 minutes.
Why didn’t they? Why didn’t they give me 75% of my life back? That’s what we should be doing in education. But wait a minute, what happens if we pull away all those non meat fillers? Are we reducing the quality of the of the content? No turns out that we actually can increase the student’s ability to retain the content if we remove the white noise and the wasted hypotheticals and theorems and concepts and historical perspectives. We’re in a skills based economy.
The skills based economy is where we teach people to do skills at a master level. And that’s the logical way to learn. And that’s what this podcast and for that matter, my company learn logic. That’s what we’re all about. So here are the five things that we do, and the best organizations do when attempting to deliver amazing curriculum to students. Number one is it’s about granularity. Not in generality. I don’t care if my dentist is a good golfer. I don’t care if my dentist is familiar with post reconstructive history.
I only care if my dentist knows dentistry. Yet the overwhelming majority of education that dentists gets have nothing to do with dentistry. We’re changing that. We’re beginning to develop high degrees of relevancy and granularity so that we can take the focus away from irrelevancy and make it granular and specific to what we want a student to learn. I mean, duh, right.
The second component of the five components of the logical way to learn is content density. If we remove the amount of time that we want students to suffer through learning, but it’s important that we give them content that is highly dense. In other words, we do have a little bit of a caveat when we decide to offer are students by not making them wait through long, horrible lectures. The challenge that we have is we’ve got to make sure in the time that we do have students that the content is very, very dense that has lots of great stuff that they can use. The third component to the science of education today is speed.
Your circuit breaker just flipped your toasters, making a weird sound. What do you do? You go to YouTube? What video do you go to the video that’s 55 minutes long. where a person talks about the history of toasters, not so much. You go to the three minute video that says, What to do when your toaster flips a circuit breaker. This is where we are. We learn in micro moments of learning.
Good learning is a series of micro moments that are highly relevant, that removes all of the superficial reality. And generality. We, as students demand speed. Here’s the fourth component of learning the logical way. Job, relevancy. If an instructor develops a program that is insanely relevant to your job, it’s bad. It’s really bad. It’s a waste of your time. How do I apply this body of work immediately in my life, to where I can advance my career and serve the company I work for?
That’s the question that has to be answered every single time. is it relevant to my life? Is it applicable? Is it real? That’s so important, it sounds so it almost hurts to say that. But the truth of the matter is, the overwhelming majority of programs don’t even address and respect the student enough to make certain the content is relevant. I was recently on a webinar and listened for hours clamoring to understand what this meant to me. At the end of that waste of time, I realized the answer was unfortunately, it meant nothing. It had no relevancy. It was slow. It was lame.
And I hated it.
The last part is being respectful in the delivery. As a person who has served as an adjunct professor
at one of the country’s largest medical schools, I can tell you extremely content dense packets that make it fun and fast for my students to be able to get the tricks and the tips that they need to rule the day, not just to do well in their careers and to serve their enterprise, but truly, truly do become superstars. I hope that this podcast maybe changes your perception on what it really means today, to educate.
Remember the five principles of the logical way to learn, which include granularity, content, density, speed, job, relevancy. And respecting the student by delivering content, using real language that’s approachable, and thoughtful. Until next time, thanks for listening.